Detailed Baseball Stats?
December 4, 2005 11:56 AM   Subscribe

Anyone know where I can get detailed baseball stats? I'm not looking for batting averages and strike out counts; I'm looking for play-by-play logs of as many seasons as I can get my hands on. For example, for a given inning:
Batter One strikes out. Batter Two singles. Batter Three singles, runner goes to third. Batter Four hits into a double play, end of inning. In other words, I don't need pitch-by-pitch stats, I just need the result of each at-bat.
Many thanks in advance.
posted by iconjack to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (8 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Try and check out "Boxscores" in the left column.
posted by hangashore at 12:15 PM on December 4, 2005

Retrosheet is the site you are looking for, but I don't thinking you're interested in boxscores (most people would be, but it doesn't sound like what you are looking for). Instead look towards the bottom of the left column and find and click on Event Files. There, you'll find a lot of years of play-by-play. Don't skip reading the documentation at the top of the Event Files page; I think you'll need it. The 2005 event files aren't up there yet, but they will be up by the end of the month. Most of the missing years from the nineties will also be up by opening day.

Since I've been an editor on numerous baseball encyclopedias, this is the rare question here that falls into my areas of expertise.
posted by spira at 1:13 PM on December 4, 2005

Response by poster: Thank you spira and hangashore. is an awesome site. I was hoping for something that I could machine parse and do some computations on, but beggars can't be choosers!
posted by iconjack at 1:26 PM on December 4, 2005

Wow, that's an amazing site. Thanks, guys!
posted by languagehat at 2:05 PM on December 4, 2005

Wow, that's an amazing site.

Be sure to also bookmark Baseball Reference for individual and team stats. Oodles of time-wasting fun to be had.
posted by hangashore at 2:14 PM on December 4, 2005

Retrosheet and Baseball Reference will cover the question. I'd just like to add the Hardball Times as a stat site that paired with the other two, creates a trifecta of infinite baseball knowledge. Hardball Times is advanced statistics.
posted by panoptican at 9:43 PM on December 4, 2005

Hardball Times, the working link.
posted by panoptican at 9:44 PM on December 4, 2005

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